A cup of creative writing

The art of writing what you feel is creative writing. But then is it easy for everyone to write and express their feelings? Writing is an art, many have it as a genetic gift with a flare of expressing themselves. But there are many who have learned it through continuous efforts and many rewritings. For […]

A Poem Titled A Titillating Escapade, Too Extravagant To Tell

                                      A titillating escapade,                                       too extravagant to tell!                                       An unruly, dank, and haughty                                       dish, almost, impossible to sell.                                         Debauchery, fascism, socialism,                                       And elitism, all rolled into one.                                         When asked, if only at the right time,                                       A reply echoes so softly, almost inaudibly                                       I do this […]

So You Must Write For A Living: Blog or Book?

So you must write for a living. Either you have a passion for it or you perhaps your job requires you do it. Writing can open many doors, but good writing takes practice. Just the other day while having lunch in an upscale restaurant I had a conversation with a nice lady which led me […]

How Chris McCandless Died : The New Yorker

  “Into the Wild” was a 1996 nonfiction book that was later adapted into a movie in 2007. The book was written by Jon Krakauer and it was an expansion of a 9000 word article Krakauer had previously written. It was about Chris McCandless and his journey into the Alaskan wilderness. Now 21 years after […]

Book Review – Hosseini’s ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ brings new tears

My main goal in reading Khaled Hosseini’s new book, “And the Mountains Echoed,” was to avoid crying. I failed within the first 20 pages. And by the last page, I was bawling. So, yes, much like Hosseini’s earlier works, “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” his latest book is bathed in sadness and […]

What Is Good To Read Now On Amazon

As Goodreads gets acquired by Amazon, its becoming clearer what people are reading. Amazon is the king of online booksellers and, by most accounts, the most feared player in publishing. Yet last week it shelled out a reported $150 million to buy up Goodreads, a social network for book nerds with a devoted but far […]

@jeffbullas A Smart Blogger or a Slick Marketer?

I was delighted to have the opportunity to recently interview Jeff Bullas.   For years, he has been inspiring businesses and brands all over the world to start using social media and the web to their advantage.  I have been an avid reader of his blog , and his latest book,  “Blogging the smart way: how […]

Claire Bulman | Girl role models that rock – Kids books

Girl role models that rock – kids’ books for  go getting girls can be hard to find. Boy heroes crowd the shelves of our diminishing book shops.  Girls’ “adventure” stories have princesses waiting to be saved and pony detectives. Not every go getting girl’s can of cola. Sure there is plenty of literature for girls, with Jacqueline Wilson […]

Promoting Your Book Before You Start Writing It – A Good Practice Guide

 Writing a book can be a hard enough process, but getting it out to your audience can become a nightmare. However, if you start working on promoting your book as soon as you start writing it, and even right before that, it can be a much easier and much more rewarding process. Your writing and […]

So You Want To Be a Writer: Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity

By Maria Popova “unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it.” Why do writers — great writers — write? We’ve heard from George Oprwell, Joan Didion, and Susan Sontag. But one of the most poignant answers comes from a somewhat unlikely source: Charles […]

Saturday Night: 4 Free Kindle Books

See on Scoop.it – Internet Billboards Internet News Here is a collection of 4 Free Kindle Books that we hope you enjoy tonight! Though free at time of posting, prices may change at any time. Please verify that the “Kindle Price” is $0.00. See on www.pixelofink.com

Handmade masks in Le Marche keep alive a 500-year-old theatrical tradition

  Federico Gargagliano  is a master leather mask maker in the Commedia Dell’Arte art form. Gargagliano and his partner, Alessandra Ceccarelli, produce one-of-a-kind, hand-made leather masks under their company name, Fa Maschere. They also put the masks to good use, acting in their own theater troupe, Circa Teatro. Before his self-made success, Gargagliano was a […]

Authors: Promotion does not work for you? Maybe that’s because you are doing it wrong!

See on Scoop.it – Tips and Resources for Independent Artists Today, I read an excellent article by Renee Pawlish. In Indie Authors – To Promote Or Not To Promote, she talks about how challenging promotion can be for authors. The two resources that she quotes (a post by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and a survey by […]

10 Quintessentially American Novels – Flavorwire

See on Scoop.it – Read Ye, Read Ye Flavorwire: Cultural news and critique from Flavorpill… See on www.flavorwire.com

Why fiction is good for you – The Boston Globe

See on Scoop.it – internetbillboards Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically […]

Convert your eBook to the Kindle format with Calibre

See on Scoop.it – Tips and Resources for Independent Artists After the release of my latest eBook, The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips, a lot of people asked me if I could make it available in the Kindle format. I did some research and discovered a tool called Calibre, which made […]